Despite missing eight players due to injury, Trafford collected another three points with a classy and courageous display in a 1-0 win against Glossop North End at the Home Estates Shawe View Stadium.

In front of a bumper bank holiday crowd of more than 400, Trafford started brightly with Alfie Belcher rifling a 25-yard volley just wide.

Mike Burke went close following a Belcher free-kick and in Glossop’s first attempt on goal in the 22nd minute, Bevan Burey screwed his shot well wide from 20 yards.

Substitute Chris Palmer came out of retirement to replace the injured Matty Barlow just before the half hour mark and within minutes of his introduction Trafford took the lead when James Neild rose superbly to power a header past Harry Allen following Belcher’s left-wing corner.

Glossop came more into the game as half-time approached but Belcher should have made it two when he seized upon a weak back pass only to be denied by goalkeeper Allen.

Matty Morgan threatened in the opening stages of the second half and in the 57th minute Jack Dorney missed a glorious chance when he half-volleyed over from just eight yards after great work on the left by Aidan Roxburgh.

Dorney’s drive from 20 yards was deflected behind and Palmer saw his 25-yard left footed volley fly wide as Trafford dominated.

Substitute Max Hazeldine replaced the tiring Burke and was immediately in the thick of the action sending in a low drive that was held by Allen.

The Glossop keeper then produced a magnificent save to push a 25-yard free-kick by Belcher past the upright and then Belcher brilliantly skipped past three defenders before unleashing a curling drive that flew inches wide of the far post.

An enthralling encounter came to a close with Trafford thoroughly deserving the three Northern Premier League West Division points and Danny Caldecott’s men now look forward to the visit of Widnes on Saturday (3pm kick-off) and Workington on Tuesday night, September 7 (7.45pm).